A Companion to Mark Twain (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Mark Twain (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Louis Budd (editor), Peter Messent (editor)Hardback

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This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism

About Author

Peter Messent is Professor of Modern American Literature at Nottingham University. He is the author of The Short Works of Mark Twain: A Critical Study (2001), Mark Twain (1997), Ernest Hemingway (1992), and New Readings of the American Novel: Narrative Theory and its Application (1990), and editor of Criminal Proceedings: The Contemporary American Crime Novel (1997). Louis J. Budd is James B. Duke Professor (Emeritus) of American Literature at Duke University, where he taught American Literature from 1981 to 1991. He is the author of Mark Twain: Social Philosopher (reissued 2001) and Our Mark Twain: The Making of his Public Personality (1983) and the editor of Mark Twain: The Contemporary Reviews (1999). He served as founding president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.


Notes on Contributors x Note on Referencing xvii Acknowledgments xix PART I The Cultural Context 1 1 Mark Twain and Nation 3 Randall Knoper 2 Mark Twain and Human Nature 21 Tom Quirk 3 Mark Twain and America's Christian Mission Abroad 38 Susan K. Harris 4 Mark Twain and Whiteness 53 Richard S. Lowry 5 Mark Twain and Gender 66 Peter Stoneley 6 Twain and Modernity 78 T. J. Lustig 7 Mark Twain and Politics 94 James S. Leonard 8 "The State, it is I": Mark Twain, Imperialism, and the New Americanists 109 Scott Michaelsen PART II Mark Twain and Others 123 9 Twain, Language, and the Southern Humorists 125 Gavin Jones 10 The "American Dickens": Mark Twain and Charles Dickens 141 Christopher Gair 11 Nevada Influences on Mark Twain 157 Lawrence I. Berkove 12 The Twain-Cable Combination 172 Stephen Railton 13 Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, and Realism 186 Peter Messent PART III Mark Twain: Publishing and Performing 209 14 "I don't know A from B" Mark Twain and Orality 211 Thomas D. Zlatic 15 Mark Twain and the Profession of Writing 228 Leland Krauth 16 Mark Twain and the Promise and Problems of Magazines 243 Martin T. Buinicki 17 Mark Twain and the Stage 259 Shelley Fisher Fishkin 18 Mark Twain on the Screen 274 R. Kent Rasmussen and Mark Dawidziak PART IV Mark Twain and Travel 291 19 Twain and the Mississippi 293 Andrew Dix 20 Mark Twain and the Literary Construction of the American West 309 Gary Scharnhorst 21 Mark Twain and Continental Europe 324 Holger Kersten 22 Mark Twain and Travel Writing 338 Jeffrey Alan Melton PART V Mark Twain' Fiction 355 23 Mark Twain's Short Fiction 357 Henry B. Wonham 24 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper as Juvenile Literature 371 Linda A. Morris 25 Plotting and Narrating "Huck" 387 Victor Doyno 26 Going to Tom's Hell in Huckleberry Finn 401 Hilton Obenzinger 27 History, "Civilization," and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 416 Sam Halliday 28 Mark Twain's Dialects 431 David Lionel Smith 29 Killing Half A Dog, Half A Novel: The Trouble With The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins 441 John Bird 30 Dreaming Better Dreams: The Late Writing of Mark Twain 449 Forrest G. Robinson PART VI Mark Twain's Humor 467 31 Mark Twain's Visual Humor 469 Louis J. Budd 32 Mark Twain and Post-Civil War Humor 485 Cameron C. Nickels 33 Mark Twain and Amiable Humor 500 Gregg Camfield 34 Mark Twain and the Enigmas of Wit 513 Bruce Michelson PART VII A Retrospective 531 35 The State of Mark Twain Studies 533 Alan Gribben Index 555

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  • ISBN13: 9781405123792
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9781405123792
  • weight: 1150
  • ISBN10: 1405123796

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